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100 Websites You Should Know (and Use!)

Complements of our contributor Elaine, here’s a link to the updated list of 100 websites you should know and use, originally presented by Julius Wiedemann at a TED talk in 2007.  The list covers business, audio/visual, literature & arts, and more. I admit, I only use one of these sites but I’m definitely going to check these out!

What websites do you use on a regular basis?


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April Meeting – Recap!

Thursday the 11th we had our April meeting at 22.  Elaine Luther gave a great talk on goal-setting for artists, and the you could tell by the discussion afterwards that it really got everyone there thinking about their personal art/business goals!  We all ended the meeting by setting a goal for ourselves to complete by our June meeting – what will your goal be?

During her talk, Elaine mentioned some good resources both online and in book form – she’s provided us with links to access that information, so enjoy!

Organizations & software for small businesses:

Blogging help:

Inspirational reading:

Finding focus:

Thanks again, Elaine, for sharing your time and experience with us!  We can’t wait to see everyone at the next meeting, which will be a book discussion of “Craft, Inc.”, by Meg Mateo Ilasco.  This book is available in some local libraries and you can also buy it new or used at

P.S. If you want to learn more about Elaine check her out at or


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Why Artists Publish a Newsletter, by Alyson Stanfield

Every week I (Kristine) get a newsletter from an art coach, someone who is making a living helping artists make a living (that’s not confusing, is it?)  I learn a lot from all of her emails, even if I can’t afford her personal services and “art camps”.   This week’s topic was pretty interesting and something I have trouble with – newsletters!  I’m sharing the link so you can read up – tell us what you think!

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Craft Swap at Oak Park Public Library

We got an email today about an upcoming craft swap in the area – details are below!  (Please note this is an outside event, not one hosted by the Berwyn Makers Meetup)

Clean out & clean up at our Craft Swap

Calling all crafters who want to turn old supplies into new projects. Bring your unused supplies in good condition to the Main Library on Saturdays, April 13 & 20, from 10 am to noon. Then, return for our Craft Swap, Saturday, April 27. Your donations will have earned you early entry.

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Coming up: April – June 2013

We have a few upcoming events that we are very excited about!  Meetings are usually held the second Thursday of  the month from 7:30-9:30pm, but dates may sometimes vary so please check our events calendar.

All our monthly meetups are held at Studio 22 on Cermak Road in beautiful Berwyn, IL.  There is no cost to be a Berwyn Makers member but there is a $5 suggested donation per event to Studio 22 for their generous use of the space.  Members are strongly encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to share, and there is always a bottle of wine on hand!  (Hey, it gets the creative juices flowing!)

Here’s what’s happening April-June of 2013:


April 11, 7:30pm: Elaine Luther will present a talk on Begin at the End: Goal Setting for Artists.  Elaine Luther is an artist, writer and blogger. You can read more about Elaine at:
May 9, 7:30pm:  Book discussion of Craft, Inc: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby Into A Successful Business, by Meg Mateo Ilasco.  Book is available in some local libraries and at
June 13, 7:30pm:  Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios will present a talk entitled Make Money, Not Stuff.  Ebony Love is an award-winning quilter, designer, and video educator.  You can read more about her company at: